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“The Illusionist” Gearing Up For Wider Release

This weekend, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist opens in more locations around southern California, as well as San Francisco and Chicago. More dates follow later in January, with the film’s widest release happening on February 4. The film will eventually screen in over 150 theaters over 38 states. Here’s the official release schedule so you can check to see if it’s playing in your neighborhood.

  • Awesome. Thanks for the heads up Amid! I’ve already seen it, and loved it, and have been slowly introducing Tati’s films to my girlfriend in hopes that she’ll go see the Illusionist w/ me. She loved Mr. Hulot’s Holiday & Mon Oncle so I think she just might. :)

  • can’t even wait!!!

  • Sherrie

    FINALLY! Been hoping for this for a long time!

  • Joe G

    This movie deserves all the promotion and recognition amidst the cgi crap that we see most of the time.2d is timeless.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Beyond a much-needed boost for hand-drawn animation, hopefully this will also spark an interest in the career of Jacques Tati. He’s not as well-known in this country as he ought to be.

  • Iritscen

    Excellent, somehow I didn’t expect to see it playing in my neck of the woods. Marking the date on my calendar now….

  • I’m going to check out some of Jacques Tati’s films before I go to see this, and I WILL see this movie. I’m hoping it’s a s good as the reviews say it is.

  • Liam Scanlan

    This film is coming to my local Regal theatre yay!

  • Hmm, I missed it in Ottawa during the festival. Wonder if it’s coming back for any Canadian dates?

  • PeteR

    Too bad Tati didn’t direct this. It’s not a particularly good cartoon as it is. Some nice stuff here and there, but doesn’t really hold together as a film.

    • If it’s not a good “cartoon”, it’s a great animated film. Unlike most of the recently released films, you have to think during it.

      • PeteR

        Nah. It’s just not particularly very good. Animation is spotty (although some is very good), but the film lacks strong characters and has indefinite,mushy direction. It’s a middling cartoon. It’s certainly not “great.”

      • Jorge Garrido

        People who use the word “middling” are not to be trusted, folks.

  • Woohoo! Burlington Vermont gets a date!

  • I know this sort of film isn’t for everyone, but I loved it. It was gorgeous and moving.
    The most common complaint I’ve heard from those who didn’t care for the film was that it felt directionless. I disagree–though the film meanders some, that’s all part of the journey. It is a story with very keen observations, visually rich and a lot of fun to watch.
    This movie is a sipping tea, not an energy drink; and the pacing was one of the most refreshing things for me.

  • Spain is impatient

  • Was My Face Red

    What’s missing and what woud have made it better are the story elements that Chomet cut from Tati’s original script.
    Although he was hardly a frantic performer or director there is more drama in his original treatemnt than there is now and I think a lot of the crits people have had about the film would have been adressed if these hadn’t been cut.
    But if you go with the flow and let it wash you along it’s still a lovely visual experience and much better in a cinema than at home.

  • andrew osmond

    May I ask where you read the script? I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time.

  • Brian Kidd

    I’m shocked that this is actually coming to Cincinnati in February! My large behind will be in a seat!

  • s.w.a.c.

    Saw this at the Atlantic Film Festival in September and loved it, dug out my Tati DVDs as soon as it was over, and really appreciated the homage even more. I’m not sure what’s “indefinite” or “mushy” about it. You could say the same things about Playtime if you wanted to, but I liked the low-key nature of the characters and the recreation of the late ’50s milieu.

  • CVG

    I saw it today! Review: The story has a very slow and relaxing pace. A person will be able to enjoy all the subtle gestures of the character and read into the emotions without any of them saying a word. In fact the whole movie is basically mime…they make some sounds and things but there are no subtitles because nobody says any real words…it’s all told through actions and the animation. But unlike the Triplets of Bellville, this is NOT a comedy. It has some upbeat moments but overall it’s a sad film and I saw a lot of the other viewers with a tear in their eyes because you grow with the characters in time and some moments really make you think. Some of the topics touched in the film are: paupers who want to be rich, lonely people who want to be noticed, fake people who wish they had real friends, broken dreams that have no salvation, and a world that’s lost all its magic. One nice thing about this one when compared to the triplets film is that it has a solid ending that you can walk away accepting believably (imo triplets didn’t know how to end), but this one sure does and its great. I also LOVED the faces and styles of people you see in this movie too. Anyways, this is a MUST SEE if you like watching animation and paying attention to a film with a slow pace and seeing where it goes (in short, you cannot have ADD to watch this haha.)

  • Lawrence

    Disappointingly the only magic that Chomet conjurers up with the Illusionist is to take the writing of one of the funniest people in history and create a movie totally absent of humour. Why or why create a homage to a master of comedy and not include any? In his movies Tati’s posture and his gestures were instantly funny but that humour is absent in animated form.

    Tati would never have had a suicidal clown or kids beating up adults in his movies these inclusions are so far removed from Tati’s sensibilities expressed in his other movies.

    As for the central relationship between the magician and the girl, what is that about? Would the magician not have just sent here packing when she followed him, isn’t she supposed to be a child? In Mon Oncle Hulot had purpose to be in his nephew Gerards life.